Audit: California departments padding budgets

Apr 12, 2015 11:33 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new state audit says California departments are padding their budgets by failing to eliminate vacant jobs as required.

The audit by an office of the state Department of Finance says by keeping the jobs on the books, the departments are able to hold on to the money allocated to pay those employees.

The audit was released on Friday and reported by the Sacramento Bee. It did not include an estimate of how much money departments are holding on to by keeping vacant jobs open.

But a 2014 Sacramento Bee investigation concluded the figure amounted to tens of millions of tax dollars.

The departments say the funding they get from maintaining vacant positions is a way to complete important projects quickly.

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